Novelist Mohsin Hamid ’93 has called three countries on three continents home. In a new collection of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London, he writes about cultural and religious clashes, globalization, and the rhythms of family life.

Though her mother had been dead for 31 years, Alice Eve Cohen ’76 believed she saw her appear in the kitchen during a harrowing year when Cohen was struggling with her own medical issues, one daughter’s surgery, and another daughter’s finding her birth mother. Cohen plumbs the mother-daughter relationship in the memoir The Year My Mother Came Back.

In Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security, authors Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller ’68, and Paul Solman demonstrate that Americans are leaving billions of dollars in Social Security payments on the table — benefits they are eligible to take but unaware of. The book explains how to navigate the government’s arcane rules.